Gov't refuses to support Atta Mills library

Gov't refuses to support Atta Mills library

- The Central Regional Minister says government will not support the Atta-Mills presidential library

- He says the late president's memorial library is a private initiative

- The minister said a committee was constituted to see to the library's funding

The Akufo-Addo administration has revealed that it will not commit state funds in order to support the ailing John Evans Atta-Mills Presidential library in Cape Coast, because the facility is a private venture.

According to the Central Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan, the John Evans Atta-Mills Presidential library is a facility built with the sole purpose of immortalizing the late President Mills, therefore government cannot distribute state funds into its running.

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Mr. Kwamena Duncan, who was speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic, explained that since the library was a private initiative like that of the Kufuor and Rawlings Foundations, no state funds can go into the facility's upkeep.

"Besides, when I was taking over as minister, nothing on President Mills’s Library was included in my hand over notes, so we can’t fund it,” he said.

Mr. Duncan went on to say that he remembered the facility's ceremony, that a committee chaired by Mr. Kofi Totobi Quakyi was constituted to see to the facilities funding.

"So there is no way the government can step in at this stage. The government will not commit one cedi to this project,” he reiterated.

Since it's inauguration on July 24th, 2016, the Atta-Mills Presidential Library was handed over to the University of Cape Coast (UCC), but has been under lock and key for last few months due to lack of funding.

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